What do a beauty queen, an economist, a media mogul and an environmental advocate have in common? They've been sent to destroy Koizumi's opposition
• Takafumi Horie
A celebrated Internet tycoon and political neophyte, Horie says his conservative opponent's speeches "are so boring"
• Yuriko Koike
A former news anchor, Koike belonged to three different political parties before joining the LDP. Currently Environment Minister, she is considered one of Koizumi's favorites
• Satsuki Katayama
This former finance-ministry officer and beauty queen was reportedly told...
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